George Howe (1886-1955)

  • Philadelphia Savings Fund Society offices, Philadelphia, PA 1932

Howe entered the office in the summer of 1913 after Furness’ physical presence was gone but his method continued as the basis of the practice. Howe described the office as “more noted for its probity than its artistic gifts,” capturing the method to which he returned while designing the PSFS tower after a decade of historicism in the office of Mellor, Meigs & Howe. In 1930 in an article on modern architecture Howe placed two Furness pupils and their most famous student as the creators of modern American design: “Wright, Sullivan and Price were among the first to grasp the architectural possibilities of the new life and new means of construction. Their names were known in Europe, while they remained comparatively obscure among their countrymen.” © George E. Thomas